Scores of jobs to be lost with closure of Edinburgh laboratory

Around 60 jobs will be lost with the closure of the facility.Around 60 jobs will be lost with the closure of the facility.
Around 60 jobs will be lost with the closure of the facility.
Around 60 jobs are to be lost after a US medical research firm announced plans to close its laboratory in Edinburgh.

Charles River Laboratories, which employs around 17,000 people around the world, is consulting on the closure of medicines quality test centre, located at Riccarton, near Heriot-Watt University.

The company said continuing uncertainty over Brexit has caused “disruption” and “uncertainty” to its operations.

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While the majority of the jobs affected are based at Riccarton, it is understood there could also be some losses as its nearby test centre in Tranent, East Lothian, which will remain open.

Unite Scotland said the job losses, planned over the next year, would be "devastating" for workers at a particularly challenging time.

Charles River also has a site based in Ormiston, East Lothian, as well as six facilities throughout England. It is unclear if they will be impacted.

A spokeswoman for the firm said: "The current transition period resulting from the UK's decision to exit the European Union has caused uncertainty and a disruption to our business.”

The company has been criticised for its research services to pharmaceutical and biotech firms, which includes testing on animals.

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